I get lots of queries about volunteering in Permaculture overseas. What opportunities are there. Where can I go. How do I find these opportunities? What do they offer?
Well for Asia there are over 5,000 requests a year and here is the place to get some of the answers for SE Asia (Bhutan, Nepal, Laos, Burma, Vietnam, Singapore, Malaysia, Cambodia and Thailand).
There are basically tons of volunteer organizations out there who want you to pay them and they will look after your volunteer experience. All do "mostly" good work ut few if any give you skills or education in Permaculture, self sufficiency, food security or Urban Permaculture which you may want.
Specifically for Permaculture you need to go to a country where it is taught and those are few in Asia. However that is changing fast and the counties ones that are ahead on this and offer opportunities to volunteer for no or low fee Thailand and India.
Both these countries have National Permaculture Organizations that oversee standards of education and instructors. Also both have well developed WWOOF India and WWOOF Thailand organizations with many there hosts trained in Permaculture so there are literately dozens of Permaculture project, farms and small holding hosting opportunities for anyone wanting an exotic training opportunity during the cold winter of the North West.
For those not wanting to spend $1,000 or more for a Permaculture Design Course they can be taken in Asia and India for a fraction of this price and often include accommodation and food in the price as well. So they tend to be a real bargain.
If you want more information try these national groups for Permaculture Institutes, education, hosting and volunteering in Asia. Happy Permaculture travels.
Facebook Permaculture Institute Asia
Facebook WWOOF Bhutan
Facebook WWOOF Cambodia
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